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Veterans Health Study


Investigator Access

What's Available

Check with the study contact and publications for information on a public dataset, data archive, data enclave, or website where data might be available.

Available Documentation

Dates Data are Available

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Study Characteristics


To describe the health status of Veterans and examine the relationships between their health-related quality of life, age, comorbidity, and socioeconomic and service-connected disability status.

Era of Service



Male patients who received medical care from a VA ambulatory clinic in the past 12 months

Study Design

Prospective cohort

Time Period

1993 - 1996


Greater Boston, MA area


2,425 participants

Response Rate


Recruitment Method

Random sample from a representative cross-sectional sample of patients receiving care at 4 VA facilities. Eligible patients were contacted via telephone for recruitment.



Data Collected

  • 8 dimensions of health status, including physical and mental health
  • Medical history
  • Depression screening measure
  • Socio-demographics, military history, VA eligibility

Data Collection Methods 

  • Mail questionnaire at baseline and quarterly follow-up questionnaires
  • Baseline along with 12- and 24-month follow-up examinations, including a physical examination, clinical assessments, and medical history taking

Funding Source

VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Service


Lewis E. Kazis, ScD



Selected Publications

Kazis LE, Miller DR, Clark J, Skinner K, Lee A, Rogers W, Spiro A 3rd, Payne S, Fincke G, Selim A, Linzer M. Health-related quality of life in patients served by the Department of Veterans Affairs: Results from the Veterans Health Study. Arch Intern Med. 1998 Mar 23;158(6):626-32.

Kazis LE, Miller DR, Skinner KM, Lee A, Ren XS, Clark JA, Rogers WH, Spiro A 3rd, Selim A, Linzer M, Payne SM, Mansell D, Fincke RG. Patient-reported measures of health: The Veterans Health Study. J Ambul Care Manage. 2004 Jan-Mar;27(1):70-83.

Selim AJ, Fincke G, Ren XS, Lee A, Rogers WH, Miller DR, Skinner KM, Linzer M, Kazis LE. Comorbidity assessments based on patient report: results from the Veterans Health Study. J Ambul Care Manage. 2004 Jul-Sep;27(3):281-95.

Miller DR, Clark JA, Rogers WH, Skinner KM, Spiro A 3rd, Lee A, Kazis LE. The influence of place of administration on health-related quality-of-life assessments: findings from the Veterans Health Study. J Ambul Care Manage. 2005 Apr-Jun;28(2):111-24.

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